I love nut butters! When I was a kid there was nothing quite as satisfying as a piece of toast with a huge smear of peanut butter all over it…and strawberry jelly, of course. And then there’s that weird thing I did when I had a peanut butter and jelly on untoasted bread. I’d eat around the edges of the sandwich first to get rid of the crust, saving the sweet gooey middle for last. Has anyone ever heard of someone doing this before? I hope I’m not the only weirdo. 😄. I was basically making my own Smucker’s Uncrustable. 😉
Now that I’m an adult I’ve branched out to love all manner of nut butter. Cashew butter is amazing, cookie butter doesn’t count but it’s still awesome and I like to talk about it whenever I can, and then there’s almond butter. Almonds are so ridiculously good for you that making them into a nut butter is a no brainier.
I really love making my own butter butters. A while ago I posted my homemade peanut butter. Well, I just couldn’t help myself. This is for all the almond fans.
There are several wonderful things about making your own almond butter. Firstly, you can guarantee that there is no partially hydrogenated vegetable oil or palm oil in it. I love knowing exactly what’s in my almond butter.
Second, you can jazz it up to your heart’s content. So whip out those jazz hands and feel free to add a little cinnamon or vanilla to the final product. Or perhaps a little brown sugar? Then just imagine how it would be in stuffed French toast? Or you could add a little bit of a high quality dark chocolate bar to the almonds when you’re blending them. Mmm. You can be like the Dr. Frankenstein of delicious things! And I love to use this as a substitute in peanut sauces. Mmm, almond sauce. You have to try it!
Another really fun thing to do is blend different kinds of nuts together. Just a head’s up: hazelnuts and almonds are fantastic together.
One last thing to keep in mind before you attempt to make any kind of nut butter is the quality of your food processor/Vitamix. If ol’ Bessy’s had a good run but smells like smoke when you turn her on (ahem…I’m talking to you, old food processor), then you might want to wait until you get a new machine to make this. The almond butter can get quite warm while it’s blending, and if you’re machine isn’t Rocky, you may hear faint weeping from it while you try to do this. 😉.
Happy sandwiches! xoxo.
- 2 cups roasted unsalted almonds
- Optional add ins (chocolate bars or chocolate chips, brown sugar, cinnamon, etc.)
- Place the almonds in a high-powered food processor or Vitamix.
- Blend for 7-9 minutes, stopping the processor to scrape down the almonds if you have to. The almond butter should be creamy and smooth.
- If using any optional mix ins, add them to the blended almonds and mix an additional minute to combine thoroughly.
- Store in the fridge.